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How I Stay In Shape

I’m partnering with Nordstrom to share how I stay in shape. Hint: cute activewear helps me stay motivated!!!

Zella Double Scoop Tank // Zella Bike Shorts // S’well Water Bottle // similar Nike Pegasus

I spent most of my adult life trying to keep my weight at the lower end of the healthy range for my height, but it’s hard to fight nature. I think everyone’s body has a natural happy place, and if we try to fight it, it’s bound to be an uphill battle.

A few years ago, I decided to stop fighting my body’s natural happy place and get in shape instead, and I’ve been much more content with myself and my body ever since, so today I thought I’d share what I do to stay in shape — or, shall we say, fit(ish).

I saw this graphic on Instagram yesterday, and I had to chuckle.

FIT(ish): Semi-fit; Kind of fi; Someone who likes the idea of being fit but equally likes food

I know I could be thinner and buffer, but I like to enjoy the occasional indulgence and I don’t care to spend my life at the gym so fit(ish) is good enough for me, although I will admit, creating this post is making me put my money where my mouth is. There’s nothing like seeing yourself in spandex magnified on a 27-inch retina screen to remind you of all your imperfections. Ha!!

They say strength training extends your life and cardio improves your quality of life — or something like that, and I believe both have their place in a healthy lifestyle.

Staying in shape is really all about creating healthy habits, and some type of exercise needs to be part of those habits. It also does a world of good for your mental health, just sayin’.

I try to run or walk fast for at least 30 minutes, 3 or 4 times a week. I would like to get that back up to 5 days a week, but my knees are still being troublesome, and my ankle too at times. It took me a long time to recover from a tendon tear and stress fracture, and I don’t want to get injured again, so I’m taking it slowly.

Jo-Lynne Shane shares tips for staying in shape and her favorite Zella activewear.

I try not to make excuses. I’ve invested in the proper gear so I can run in the rain or when it’s 20 degrees or when it’s 85 degrees, and I always pack my running clothes and take them on vacation. Exercising on vacation is a great opportunity to explore, and it’s fun to change up the scenery. I find that the more consistent I am with exercise, the more I miss it when I skip it, and that helps keep me motivated.

It doesn’t have to be running. Walking fast is probably better for you in the long run, but I’m addicted to that runner’s high and I’m not ready to give it up yet.

I also like to bike. I bought my bike a few years ago when I couldn’t run due to plantar fasciitis, and it is my goal to ride at least once a week during the warmer months to give my knees and ankles a break from running.

My husband and I like to go to a trail on Saturday mornings and bang out 8-10 miles. I especially like to bike when we’re on vacation because it’s a great way to explore a new area. I’m excited to get my bike out now that spring is (supposedly) here.

Jo-Lynne and Paul Shane biking the Maine Coast

I also lift weights twice a week. I work with a trainer because I am lazy and the only way I can motivate myself to work out is if I have a pre-paid appointment that I don’t want to forfeit. I also love working out with a trainer because she pushes me far beyond where I would ever push myself, she makes sure I’m doing the exercises properly, and she changes up our routine constantly so I don’t get bored.

I also try to do all the little everyday things “they” say you should do, like take the stairs when they’re available and park the car at the end of the parking lot and walk. When I was in California last week, I figured out where the stairs were in our hotel and took them almost every time. I always feel so virtuous walking past the people standing in line for the elevator, haha!

On the days I don’t run, I try to at least walk the dog around the block. It always feels good to get outside and get some fresh air in the middle of the work day.

Jo-Lynne Shane shares tips for staying in shape and her favorite activewear from Nordstrom.

Life is full of seasons, and not every season of life allows the time and/or energy to invest in regular workouts. I’m all for giving myself some grace when I’m in one of those seasons, but I try not to give myself a free pass for too long or new lazy habits will replace the old healthy habits.

It also helps to have an accountability partner, so if you’re struggling with motivation, find a friend and make a schedule to work out together.

Basically, staying fit(ish) is all about finding activities you enjoy, eliminating excuses, and sticking with them until they become your new normal. Of course, having cute activewear helps, so when Nordstrom asked me to partner with them to promote their Zella activewear line, I was all for it.

Jo-Lynne Shane in Zella Double Scoop Tank and Circuit Bike Shorts

I have become a huge fan of the Zella brand recently. The quality is fantastic, their styles are on trend, and the price point is reasonable. Plus, it’s at Nordstrom, so you get the benefit of their free shipping and returns and their generous return policy.

Jo-Lynne Shane in Zella Double Scoop Tank and Circuit Bike Shorts

I ordered these Circuit Bike Shorts in their Blue Vivid Nouveau print as an alternative to the Slim Fit Capris I usually wear. I thought they’d be more comfortable when the weather warms up. They also have this fun Nouveau print in capris if you like that length better. These shorts are super thick so they don’t cling to the areas you don’t want to draw attention to, plus the pattern is distracting, which can be helpful if you have cellulite issues. (I sure do!)

Jo-Lynne Shane in Zella Circuit Bike Shorts

The Double Scoop Tank is a great basic that goes with so many of my printed workout pants. I like that you can wear it over a regular bra, and it also fits nicely over a sports bra.

Speaking of sports bras, I’m wearing this one by Natori in these pictures. I also have this one by Chantelle in the grey. Both are supportive and attractive, which is hard to find in larger sizes.

Tips for Staying in Shape for Busy Moms

I have my trusty Fleece Front Hoodie tied around my waist. It’s been such a cold spring, I find myself wearing it ALL the time over my workout gear to and from the gym and PT, and often around the house for the rest of the day. It’s so comfortable, but it’s also stylish enough to take my workout wear into the athleisure category if I need to run to the store or chauffeur the kids to their various lessons.

Also, this S’well Water Bottle is the bomb. I picked it up at Nordstrom a few weeks ago when I was shopping in their activewear section, and I also got one for my mom for her birthday because she works out regularly too. This bottle keeps my water cold all day (no ice required) and I love how easy it is to drink from, and there are no hidden parts to wash. Because it has a narrow opening, it doesn’t splash in my face (yes, that happens regularly when I drink out of wide-mouth water bottles!) In my opinion, it is the perfect water bottle (and I’ve tried tons in my attempts not to drink from plastic.)

Plus, S’well donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle to UNICEF to help provide clean drinking water to children around the world, and I love that.

How I Stay In Shape

I truly believe the most beautiful women are those who are confident and comfortable in their own skin, and staying active is a key component to achieving that. If you haven’t found an activity you enjoy, I encourage you to try new things until you do.

I know some women love spinning classes, I hear lots of great things about barre workouts, and there’s always zumba and yoga. There are so many options! You don’t have to run to be healthy, but you do need to be active.

Jo-Lynne Shane gives tips for staying in shape. Wearing Zella Double Scoop Tank and Circuit Bike Shorts from @Nordstrom

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45 thoughts on “How I Stay In Shape

  1. Such a cute look! Those shorts are so nice! Not too short!
    I also run 3 days a week and do some sort of other workout 2-3 times a week. I try to do one studio yoga workout a week. Such a good combination.

  2. Hi there! I love your blog! I run about 10 miles a week and have for about 10 years, sometimes more or less. The first thing I noticed besides how cute you are is your shoes. It’s so important especially running. Those are the worst. Brooks or asics thst are fitted to you will prevent injury. It probably would have prevented a lot of those injuries you mentioned. They are not as cute tho 🙂

    1. Oh, I don’t run in those. LOL!!!! I wore them for the post b/c they’re cute with this outfit. 🙂 I love my Saucony Guides for running. 🙂 However, I did used to buy into the barefoot running fad, and that is when I developed plantar fasciitis. Ugh. Now I only run in shoes with stability, although I got the stress fracture and torn tendon when I was wearing good shoes, so I don’t really know if the shoes make a big difference for me in the end. I am working on better form and flexibility.

  3. I love that you are so Authentic!! Great post, can totally relate to All! Thanks Jo-Lynne and have a Fabulous weekend! Lisa

  4. We always say, it’s important to just move—being sedentary is a kiss of death.
    And I think having a trainer is actually smart (not lazy). I used to think it was a waste of money because I certainly knew how to work out, but when you have a really good trainer—it can make all the difference. You work on exercises you wouldn’t normally do and having someone check your form is truly invaluable (especially as we age)!
    I will admit my workout have changed tremendously in these last 10 years. I’ve gravitated to the kindler & gentler workouts like yoga, pilates & walking…and amazingly have seen better results!
    I’ve never heard of the Zella active wear—I’ll have to check it out!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  5. Jolynne, I am sitting here in Barbados cracking up at today’s post. You are too funny. Love your work out clothes and feeling a bit of motivation to start walking again. My Mum’s been ill and I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. Thanks for making me lol. I just love your blog.

    1. LOL, glad I could give you a chuckle. I had to go back and re-read my post and see what was funny. I never think I’m funny when I’m writing, but when I go back and read stuff from like 3 years ago, I’m always like, Dang, I’m funny! Haha!!! Enjoy Barbados. I’m jealous. It is raining cats and dogs here.

  6. The bike shorts are super adorbs! I have been trying to break outside of my black pants for working out mode and get some patterns but haven’t gotten the gumption to buy a pair yet.

    And I love your attitude – I’ve been sort of similar in recent years. It’s hard at 40+. It is what it is. And I focused on getting more fit too. I do 5 days a week and try and eat somewhat reasonably and it’s a much better way to be than counting calories!

  7. The FITish quote is spot on. Life is all about balance and it sounds like you live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. You certainly look phenomenal. It IS hard after children and as we get older but staying active is important for so many reasons (setting an example for the kids, mental health, etc). Cute outfits help for sure 🙂 I love the bold print of those shorts!

  8. I started following you from your running blog. Fitness and movement keep our big joints working right and keep our big muscle groups able to get us out of the tub and out of a chair. A high percentage of people in nursing homes are there because they can not bear their own weight and take care of daily living skills ( bathroom activities). That’s my goal…to stay out of the nursing home. Sounds crazy, but I am part of that statistic of being 40+ with no children so I need to take good care of myself. If we have a disease process going on, we would treat it. Fitness goes a long way in preventing lifestyle diseases at whatever season in life you find yourself. We make time for things that we want to do!

    1. You are so right about all of that! My grandfather is 99 and he has done some basic exercises every. single. morning of his life. Until a few months ago, he still lived alone. He is my inspiration. 🙂

  9. You look great and have a wonderful attitude about fitness. It’s refreshing to see a “real” 40+ body out there on the internet!

    1. Oh, it’s real, alright! HAHA! I was looking back at these pictures this morning thinking, that’s getting to be a wide load. I better have my trainer start ramping up our workouts. LOL. (Thanks for the encouragement.)

  10. I’m totally Fitish! I love spinning but only do it twice a week and the rest of my workouts are focused on weight training. So important after 40.

    Love those shorts too. I’ve been buying Zella for my girls the line is so cute.

  11. “Fit-ish” is great. Def. describes me at age 44. In my 20’s I was a gym rat. Working out very high intensity for at least 6 days a week. As I got older my body just couldn’t do it anymore. I found out 5 years ago, I have a joint disease called PVNS. It is characterized by tumors in my joints. I had a large one in my right knee and had it removed , after surgery , I was very determined to get back to my intense workouts, but my body had another plan for me. LOL. I dr. said for someone with this disease I am doing awesome. I have came to the conclusion I have to take what my body can handle and that’s that. I do biking , walking, low impact aerobics (no more running for me, I literally CAN’T run , my knee doesn’t allow it) at least 3 days a week. I think the main thing about life and trying to stay healthy is staying positive as possible. I do what I can , and on the days my body says “no way” , I just let it go. Life is way to short to be obsessed with weight and perfect eating. You have to treat yourself !

  12. You look great. It has always inspired me how you make fitness and health a priority. Such a great balance the way you find ways to indulge occasionally, but still keep exercise as a regular part of your life.

  13. Love the fit-ish quote! A year ago I decide to worry more about being strong than losing weight, and changed my workouts. It’s made a huge difference and I feel so much better! You look great and I always enjoy reading about your fitness. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  14. Thank you !!! I was just thinking that last night !! I rather be fitish. Than super skinny. ( not my body type )

  15. I usually don’t spend that much on jogging pants but love those bike pants that have zip pocket. The cheaper ones usually don’t. Love your blog. Looking good.

  16. Fitbit keeps me on track with those 10,000 steps we need to take each day! Saw those S’well bottles and thinking of investing too! Have a great weekend and Mother’s Day!

    1. YES, I totally loved wearing a Fitbit. I lost mine ages ago and haven’t wanted to invest in a replacement. I really should just bite the bullet and order one.

  17. Great post! Your fitness level is very inspiring. And yes…you’re a “real” body but still thin and fabulous! 🙂 I need to try some Zella things. Everyone seems to rave about them!

    As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that the key to sticking with regular exercise is finding something you really enjoy doing. If you enjoy it, going out to exercise isn’t such a dreadful chore. I do love to ride my bike and that’s a great form of exercise. In the last year, my husband and I have also started playing disc golf on a very regular basis. It doesn’t sound like it’d be that strenuous but we move fast and it involves your whole body. The course is on varied terrain that is more like a light hike and there’s a lot of upper body work in the throwing and a lot of squatting to pick up discs. 🙂 Our light hearted competition makes it more fun and also gives us an hour and half or so of time together every day. If you’ve never played, you should give it a try. It’s a great activity for the whole family and all three of our kids enjoy playing as well.

  18. I enjoyed this post. It always helps to hear others work out schedules. I swim twice a week, yoga 2-3 classes a week, then walk the rest of the days.

    I have a friend with plantar fasciitis. How did you get over it? She is struggling to get better. Nothing seems to help the pain.

  19. A topic I love…fitness. 🙂 I was tired when I got to the gym this morning, so my leg workout was shorter than usual, but I made it through it and was able to push some heavier weight. 🙂 I have given up skinny to try to work on becoming muscular. My body doesn’t seem to want to be both. 🙁 I lift weights 4-5 days a week, and I do cardio about 3-4 times a week. I jog, cycle, step or do a beach body workout to get the cardio in. I have my strength training broken down into body parts…Monday is Legs, Tuesday is Back/Biceps, Wednesday is Chest/Triceps, Friday is Legs #2. I do shoulders on whatever other day I can do weights. I volunteer at school 1-2 days a week, so I have to be flexible. Some weeks, I only lift 3X. The most important factor of fitness over 40 is definitely diet (as in healthy, unprocessed food), then sleep, then the exercise part. As Tony Horton has said “you cannot out-exercise a bad diet”. I am guilty of trying! LOL You look fantastic. 🙂

    If I knew how to change my photo, I’d update with a more current one since my daughter is almost 7 now and was about 3 in the picture. 🙂

  20. “You cannot out-exercise a bad diet” — that really is true. I work out so hard, and then when I get frustrated with how I look, my trainer always looks me in the eye and says, “But what are you EATING?”

    ARGH. I hate that. But I KNOW she is RIGHT. I definitely believe being active and moving and lifting weights is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. I was 20 lbs thinner when I got married, but I am much healthier now. That said, diet is important, and the worse you eat, the harder you have to exercise to compensate. I try to find a balance of moderation with both, but I admit some months are easier than others. 🙂

  21. Thanks for sharing this post. I agree that it’s very hard to workout every day, so it’s great to set smaller goals. I find that working out a few days a week let’s me escape the responsibilities and stress of kids and work. Such a cute outfit, I like how the shorts aren’t tight on your leg at the bottom of them. I usually wear the capri workout pants, but I will have to check out those shorts.

  22. I love your whole attitude. It’s definitely motivating for me to pick my exercising routine back up (and your cute workout clothes don’t hurt either!).

  23. Thanks Jolynne for the motivation. I’m trying to get back into finding some type of exercise to do and just make myself move more. I struggle with migraines often, so hard to be consistent and then I get down about it and give up. Its good to be motivated to do something and be consistent no matter what it is. Looking forward to the nice weather to get outside more for walks. You look great in your workout gear and you don’t need to loose 10 lbs. I think when we try to loose weight as we age, we only tend to loose in areas we don’t want to loose, like our face and neck etc. and then look older. I think we need to have a little meat on us. 🙂

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